The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden is thanking Russia for keeping his son safe.

Lon Snowden, who lives in Upper Macungie Twp., Lehigh Co., appeared on Russian state TV Wednesday.

Snowden said he's grateful to the Kremlin for protecting Edward. He went on to deliver a message to his son, saying "your family is well, and we love you."

Edward Snowden has been at the Moscow airport since late June.

Lon Snowden revealed to the Washington Post on Tuesday that the FBI asked him to fly to Moscow to convince Edward to come home, but he said he backed out after he was told he might not be able to directly communicate with his son.